50th FUEN-Congress of Nationalities
4th - 8th May 2005
Florina / Lerin
May 9, 2005
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An EFA-Rainbow delegation participated at the 50th FUEN-Congress
of Nationalities, held in Bucharest, Romania. As an active member
of FUEN, EFA -Rainbow expressed its views about the situation of
the Macedonian minority in Greece and contributed in the formation
and approval of the Congress' main resolution.
The following abstracts from the resolution of FUEN Assembly of
Delegates refer specifically to this issue:
FUEN calls for:
1.The recognition of the Macedonian minority.
2.The recognition of the Macedonian language as a minority language
and to introduce it into the elementary and to secondary educational
system in the regions where it is widely used. The establishment
of a chair at university level, dedicated to the Macedonian language.
Additionally, the recognition of cultural organisations like the "Home
of Macedonian Culture" (registration pending for more than 15
years, despite ruling of the European Court for Human Rights).
3. The introduction of the Macedonian language into the state Mass
4. The unconditional and free entrance into Greece for all political
refugees of Macedonian origin. Additionally, the ability to claim
back/buy property as well as to get back their citizenship, which
was taken from thousands of Macedonians during the civil war in Greece
5. The ratification of the Framework Convention for the Protection
of National Minorities of the Council of Europe as well as the implementation
of all the international conventions and standards from the UN, OSCE,
Council of Europe concerning the rights of national minorities.
6. The return of citizenship to the Macedonian emigrants who mostly
live in Australia and Canada. This was revoked due to the public
expression of their Macedonian identity.
*Please find the full text of main resolution at : http://www.fuen.org/pages/english/e_5c_2002.html
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